|A typical kopitiam |
Yep, that was coffee lingo and I had just ordered black coffee for myself, iced coffee with condensed milk for hubby, coffee+tea for Josh and coffee with evaporated milk for Rodney in a Malaysian kopitiam (coffee shop).
Suffixes to the word 'Kopi' are codes to indicate to the waiter how you like your coffee.
O = black with sugar
Si = with sugar and evaporated milk
Cham = with tea Yes, coffee mixed with tea for those who can't make up their mind and want both!
Ping = with ice
Kosong = without sugar
Kaw = extra strong
These codes can be interchangeably used for 'Teh' (tea in Malay).
So if you want a cup of black coffee with ice, you would say Kopi-O-Ping!
And if you don't want sugar in it, say Kopi-O-Ping-Kosong!
Interestingly, kopi or tea without ice is always served in this standard ceramic cup and saucer set with the traditional Chinese green floral design in all old-school kopitiams wherever you are in Malaysia.